[Video] Couple Who Shot, Killed Burglar Last Year Discuss the Toll the Incident Has Taken on Them
We report a large number of defensive gun uses on this site. We usually discuss the details surrounding the incidents, the legalities and how important it is to make sure you are able to defend yourself and your family.
However, one thing that we don’t talk about often enough is the toll that is taken on you and your family after a defensive shooting.
First, there is the financial burden. Many people, even if they feel the shooting was justified, will hire an attorney to represent them. Most justifiable homicides are turned over to a grand jury. Most people prefer to have an attorney act as a liason between themselves and the authorities during this process. Even if no charges are brought, this will likely cost thousands of dollars.
Second, there is the emotional and psychological toll a defensive gun use will take on a person and their family. One of those family’s recently spoke to WFAA about a defensive gun use they experienced last year. From the article:
“It wasn’t just one life taken that night — there were three lives taken that night,” Gareth Long said. “It was his life and our lives. It will never be the same for us, ever again.”
“Horrible. It was the worst experience I’ve ever had,” Gareth Long said. “I was very scared.”
“We’ve also had a lot of backlash in the area, as well. People that don’t know the story, and they just remember an innocent person from high school, and not a 31-year-old male who breaks into houses,” Mr. Long said.
“Having to go through all of that is probably one of the most difficult things, especially in the following days, just because you’re like, ‘Maybe there was something,'” Lacy Long said. “You always play the what-if game.”
“We’ve heard different versions of the story, which affects us even to the point where we were banned from the local neighborhood watch,” Gareth Long said.
Definitely something to think about.